Christoph Lameter christoph at
Tue Apr 6 04:43:18 UTC 1999

Well. Same issues with Debian and non-free. We need to have a commitment
to the goals of SPI but they also need some freedom. The LUGs would be a
grassroots organization that has the potential of motivating huge amounts
of people to get familiar with free software, principle and goals.

On 5 Apr 1999, John Goerzen wrote:

> Christoph Lameter <christoph at> writes:
> > I wonder if SPI would be willing to take LUGs as projects. I have two LUGs
> > in my area that might be interested in getting tax-deductable donations
> > and have some official status.
> > 
> > How about websites and email lists for LUGs?
> At first, I was thinking, "hey wow, great idea."  However, on second
> thought, it gets stickier.  What if LUGs are promoting things that SPI 
> disagrees with?  For instance, maybe they are doing a Linux Install
> and advocating the use of non-free software or distributions with a
> lot of non-free software (eg, Caldera, and to a lesser extent,
> RedHat).  What do we do then?  If SPI is sponsoring the LUG, cutting
> off support is a great way to make enemies and look like bad guys
> fast.  OTOH, we can't really keep supporting a LUG that is advocating
> positions we disagree with.

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